ADHD Medication and Treatment Reviews

Vyvanse: ADHD Medication

Vyvanse is a stimulant medication used to treat ADHD symptoms in children, adolescents, and adults
Generic Name: Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (amphetamine)

What is Vyvanse? Is Vyvanse a Narcotic?

Vyvanse (Generic Name: lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) is a once-daily, timed-release stimulant ADHD medication primarily used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) in children ages 6-12, adolescents, and adults. Vyvanse is not a narcotic, but according to the FDA, it is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. It is an amphetamine.

Vyvanse may improve focus for people with inattentive ADHD (aka ADD), and decrease impulsivity and hyperactive behavior — hallmark ADHD symptoms for many patients. It is not known if it is safe for children under the age of 6. Vyvanse has been available since 2007, when the FDA approved the medication for the treatment of ADHD.

Vyvanse is also used to treat binge eating disorder in adults.

Is Vyvanse Better Than Adderall?

Adderall and Vyvanse are both schedule II amphetamine-based central nervous system stimulant medications used to treat ADHD. Adderall comes in both immediate- and extended-release form; Vyvanse is available as an extended-release medication only. The immediate-release version of Adderall has a duration of action of 4 to 6 hours; the extended-release version lasts approximately 12 hours. The duration of effects for Vyvanse is 10 to 14 hours.

Vyvanse is a prodrug – an inert substance that is metabolized in the body to become active – which means it’s side effects are considered less harsh. Both drugs are classified by the FDA as Schedule II stimulants because they can be abused or lead to dependence, however Vyvanse is considered to carry a lower risk since it takes longer to metabolize in the system than does Adderall.

What Is the Best Vyvanse Dosage to Treat ADHD Symptoms?

The optimal dosage of Vyvanse varies by patient. Vyvanse capsules are available in 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg, 50mg, 60mg and 70mg dosages. Vyvanse chewable tablets are available in 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg, 50mg, and 60mg dosages. The time-release formulation is designed to maintain a steady level of medicine in the body throughout the day.

Your doctor may adjust your dosage weekly by 10mg or 20mg increments until you or your child experiences the best response — that is, the lowest dosage at which you experience the greatest improvement in symptoms without side effects. The maximum dose is typically 70mg daily.

As with all medications, follow your Vyvanse prescription instructions exactly. Vyvanse is taken orally, with or without food, once daily. The first dose is typically taken first thing in the morning; it should be taken at the same time each day for the best results.

Capsules should be swallowed whole with water or other liquids. If your child is unable to swallow the capsule, it can be opened and stirred into yogurt, water, or orange juice. Taken this way, the mixture should be swallowed entirely at once. Chewable tablets should be completely chewed before swallowing, then followed with a glass of water or other liquid.

During treatment, your doctor may periodically ask you to stop taking your Vyvanse so that he or she can monitor ADHD symptoms; check vital statistics including blood, heart, and blood pressure; or evaluate height and weight. If any problems are found, your doctor may recommend discontinuing treatment.

Some patients report developing a tolerance to Vyvanse after long-term use. If you notice that your dosage is no longer controlling your symptoms, talk to your doctor to plan a course of action.

What are the Side Effects of Vyvanse?

Most people taking Vyvanse do not experience any side effects. That said, the most common side effects associated with Vyvanse are as follows:

Vyvanse Side Effects When Treating ADHD:

  • anxiety
  • decreased appetite
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • irritability
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • trouble sleeping
  • upper stomach pain
  • vomiting
  • weight loss

Vyvanse Side Effects When Treating Binge Eating Disorder:

  • dry mouth
  • trouble sleeping
  • decreased appetite
  • increased heart rate
  • constipation
  • feeling jittery
  • anxiety

Another serious side effect is slowed growth in children.

Vyvanse and Weight Loss

Vyvanse should not be taken off-label to help you lose weight. Weight loss is not an approved use for this medication.

Vyvanse and Driving

Taking Vyvanse may impair your or your teenager’s ability to drive, operate machinery, or perform other potentially dangerous tasks. This side effect usually wears off with time. If side effects are bothersome, or do not go away, talk to your doctor. Most people taking this medication do not experience any of these side effects.

Vyvanse and Heart or Blood Pressure Related Problems

Report to your doctor any heart-related problems or a family history of heart and blood pressure problems. Patients with structural cardiac abnormalities and other serious heart problems have experienced sudden death, stroke, heart attack, and increased blood pressure while taking Vyvanse. Stimulants can increase blood pressure and heart rate. Physicians should monitor these vital signs closely during treatment. Call your doctor immediately if you or your child experiences warning signs such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking Vyvanse.

Vyvanse and Mental Illness

Disclose to your physician all mental health issues including any family history of suicide, bipolar illness, or depression. The FDA manufacturer recommends evaluating patients for bipolar disorder prior to stimulant administration. Vyvanse may create new or exacerbate existing behavior problems, or bipolar illness. It can cause psychotic or manic symptoms in children and teenagers. Call your doctor immediately if you or your child experiences new or worsening mental health symptoms including hallucinations or sudden suspicions.

Vyvanse and Circulation Problems

Discuss circulation problems with your doctor before taking Vyvanse, which has been known to cause numbness, coolness, or pain in fingers or toes, including Raynaud’s phenomenon. Report to your doctor any new blood-flow problems, pain, skin color changes, or sensitivities to temperature while taking Vyvanse.

Vyvanse and Substance Abuse

Stimulants like Vyvanse have a high potential for abuse and addiction, especially among people who do not have ADHD. It is a “Schedule II Stimulant,” a designation that the Drug Enforcement Agency uses for drugs with a high potential for abuse. Other Schedule II drugs include Dexedrine, Ritalin, and cocaine. People with a history of drug abuse should use caution when trying this medication. Taking the medication exactly as prescribed can reduce potential for abuse.

The above is not a complete list of potential side effects. If you notice any health changes not listed above, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Who Can Take Vyvanse? Medication Precautions

You should not take Vyvanse if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Vyvanse, or if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within 14 days.

If you’re thinking of becoming pregnant, discuss the use of Vyvanse with your doctor. It is not known if it can cause fetal harm. Vyvanse is passed through breastmilk, so it is recommended that mothers do not nurse while taking it.

The safety of Vyvanse for children under age six has not been established. Store Vyvanse in a secure place out of the reach of children, and at room temperature. Do not share your Vyvanse prescription with anyone, even another person with ADHD. Sharing prescription medication is illegal, and can cause harm.

Interactions Associated with Vyvanse

Before taking Vyvanse, discuss all other active prescription medications with your doctor. Vyvanse can have a dangerous, possibly fatal, interaction with antidepressants including MAOIs.

Vyvanse is similar to amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. You should avoid taking these medications concurrently with Vyvanse.

Share a list of all vitamin or herbal supplements, and prescription and non-prescription medications you take with the pharmacist when you fill your prescription, and let all doctors and physicians know you are taking Vyvanse before having any surgery or laboratory tests. Vyvanse can cause false steroid results.

The above is not a complete list of all possible drug interactions.

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Adderall vs. Vyvanse: What’s the Difference? American Addiction Centers (2019). https://americanaddictioncenters.org/adderall/vs-vyvanse

Cardiovascular Effects of Stimulant and Non-Stimulant Medication for Children and Adolescents with ADHD. CNS Drugs (2017). https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs40263-017-0410-7

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62 Vyvanse: ADHD Medication Comments & Reviews

  1. I have twins; one is on 20 mg and one is on 40 mg. By the time they get home from school, it has worn off and we are doing the constant reminders of what they should be doing. They had appetite issues for a few months but now no issues.

  2. My daughter is on Vyvanse 20 mg. She is showing signs of improvement in focus, staying on task and organization. The problem we are having is that she is very emotional now and gets very tired around lunch time.

  3. My 12 year old son just started Vyvanse at 40mg in the morning & another 20 in the afternoon (long acting never is with him). Every morning he wakes before 6 (normal for him) but falls asleep on the couch at about 8am. He has been going to bed very early too.

  4. Began taking 30 mg Vyvanse about a month ago. Found it to be a very positive addition to my life. My doctor asked me to try taking my 30 mg twice a day. Tried for two days but had more side effects than I had when initially starting the drug. We decided to try taking 30 mg in the morning and 20 mg in the afternoon since the 30/30 appeared to cause more side effects.

  5. Our 7 year old son has started on Vyvanse 6 weeks ago, (3 weeks on 20 mg and now 3 weeks on 30 mg). He started playing/pulling his hair. We don’t make a big deal of it and try to redirect his behavior with a stress ball. The Vyvanse has been great, doing lots of school work and his normal (happy) personality really shines through. Much better than Concerta which made him very sensitive and touchy, crying and sad for no reason.

  6. My 5 year old takes 40 mg of Vyvanse in the morning. He seems to be good with it. He is not able to swallow a pill so we open the capsule and mix it with something to get him to take it.

  7. Our son who is 9 has been on Vyvanse 60 mg once daily in the morning for about 2 years now. It lasts for him about 8 hours straight. When my son is involved with an after school activity or sport in the evening when needed he also takes 30 mg of Vyvanse about 3 p.m.

  8. My kid (8) has been on Vyvanse for almost a year now; starting last school year. We started out at 20mg, increased to 30, and he’s now at 40. The medication did wonders for his schoolwork. The downside, in my opinion, is that at while the meds are active, he is unfriendly.

  9. We started My 8-year-old daughter on 10mg Vyvanse about 2 weeks ago and are mostly extremely happy. It does seem to wear off in the afternoon (around 2-3 pm and she takes it at 7 am. We’ve had a few nights where her emotions have been pretty tumultuous.

  10. My 11 year old daughter with ADHD and depression started out on Adderall but the psychologist switched her to Vyvanse in March. It works well, and she’s finally caught up in school, and the teachers report she’s doing much better.

  11. I’m currently in recovery from an eating disorder and have recently been prescribed 30 mg of Vyvanse. The difference I have felt is profound. I feel better able to control my impulsivity with regards to food and exercise, calmer, and less preoccupied with weight. However, I notice the medication tends to wear off later in the day.

  12. My doctor and I decided to give Vyvanse a try. I’m up to 30 mg a day. I’ve noticed a very peppery feeling on my tongue and palate. It isn’t related to anything I’m eating or drinking, it goes away over night, and starts back up after I take the morning dose.

  13. I am 23, grad student, and I’ve been taking 60mg of Vyvanse for about five years now. Before that I was on Ritalin. I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 9 In my experience Vyvanse is very effective in managing the symptoms of ADHD. Although, I still found certain things to be very difficult like writing papers. My friends and family know when I’ve taken my meds because I am less outgoing. I have to take my meds early in the morning (7 am) so that it wears off well before bedtime, if not I have trouble sleeping.

  14. I have been on Vyvanse for about a year now. One thing I notice about this medication is that it is a much smoother delivery. When I used take Adderall XR, I could tell when the med kicked in. With the Vyvanse, I can’t feel when it peaks and it seems to last longer, about 12 hours for me.

  15. For me Vyvanse lasts about 8 hours. On Adderall XR, I used to get very tired and anxious when it wore off, but not so much with Vyvanse. I don’t take it every day because I’m Bipolar II and worry about having increased emotional lability.

  16. For about a year I was on 30mg of Vyvanse daily and experienced intense waves of motivation through the day, followed by a pretty noticeable drop-off around 5 p.m. that would typically leave me anxious and unable to focus. About a week ago I talked to my doctor and got bumped up to 50mg and so far it’s been great. Like others have described on this board, I can’t tell when it has taken effect and what it’s left my system.

  17. My son is 19 years old. He is now taking 2 pills every morning of Vyvanse. (60mg and 40mg). He also takes 2 mg of Intutive at night. He has been doing well on it, says he feels good and it’s helping.

  18. I am 41 and recently diagnosed with ADHD. I am on Vyvanse as well. I think it works pretty good. I feel a little anxious but can concentrate better.

    1. I also take 60mg Vyvanse I am 38 years old. I have been on Vyvanse 3 years, it has totally changed how I act, get things done, remember things, also improved all my relationships. My doctor started me on 30mg, and as time went by we decided it needed to be upped. I also suffer anxiety so I have Klonopin that I take as needed. Also I just started therapy he is teaching me to relax more without meds all time.

  19. I started the “never ending tired” feeling after the birth of my second son (he was around 1 yr old; I was 39 yrs old). We had moved to NC and I realized I needed to see a doctor; that’s when I was diagnosed with ADHD. Deep down, I’ve always known I was living with ADHD (I’m a Special Ed. Teacher and can spot the observable characteristics from a mile away). Now, I wake up each day & I take Vyvanse 80mg (a stimulant) and it engages me with life again! I am motivated and energized to be involved and it gets me up & going! Without it, I am thoroughly exhausted and I could sleep the day away. Vyvanse has given me my life back! Then, at night, I take Clonazepam .5mg to help me sleep.

  20. I’m 19 years old and started this medication four months ago. After using nothing but CBT tips for three years I tried 40 mg of this medication and it works wonders. I can write essays and use my CBT learnings to shut other noises out with ease. Communication is easier. Recall is quicker. Problem is it wears off quickly come nighttime so I have a low dose of Adderall to fulfill those nighttime college study hours. Only side effects I’ve had, as my vyvanse is 12 hours extended release, is a lack of appetite. I found the people who had seriously adverse reactions to vyvanse did well with Focalin or Ritalin. I was allergic to both. I have inattentive type ADD, and vyvanse has truly been my saving grace.

  21. We started our 10 year old son on 30 mg of Vyvanse about 3 months ago after trialing him twice on Ritalin (disastrously) with a doctor who refused to accept that Ritalin wasn’t working for him. New doctor listened and prescribed Vyvanse, which has definitely been much better for my son. His teachers report he is much better at focusing and getting work done now he’s taking this medication and I notice how much he is able to concentrate and stay calm whilst he is on it. We take it by 7am because he does have problems getting to sleep at a reasonable time otherwise. Like others have reported, there seems to be a smooth up and down with this medication. We get the odd tantrum as it’s wearing off, but nothing like on Ritalin. At first, his appetite disappeared altogether whist he was on it, but after a few weeks he was able to want to eat while he was on it. It wears off around 3.30pm (after school) and his appetite returns with a vengeance after that. So far, so good for us on Vyvanse … I just wish my son could articulate how he feels on it a little more as I have a million questions I’d like answers to (but that’s boys for you!)

  22. My son was diagnosed with ADHD at seven and been on medication ever since. He first took focalin for several years, and for last five years he has been on vyvannse. I think the effect it has is wonderful. Making him able to focus and occupy himself without excessive impulsiveness.
    However, lately we weren’t getting same results so I had doctor switch medication. First concerts but he won’t take pills so can’t review that medication. Then he put him on weak dose of Adderall. No help because it wasn’t strong enough. So I called and asked to go back to stronger dose of vyvannse. He was on one 40mg capsule daily and now it will be 50mg. I’m hoping this will be stronger. Vyvannse is great for ADHD, and I’d recommend it. From reading these reviews I’m just wondering if my son’s dose is high enough. If you find something that works it’s better to just stick with same medication and tweak dose as child ages or symtoms worsen. Which ever comes first. Only main side effects my 15 year old has is decreased appetite, irritability coming off it, and occasional stomachs aches. Glad to know Thier ISA huge ADHD community, and we are not alone!

  23. I know that there are often more reviews from parents of the patient, rather than the patient themself. Here is one from the patient. I have been on Vyvanse for approximately a year now. I started treatment with differing doses of Ritalin, Stratera, Concerta, and I’m sure there are more. Now I had been on methylphenidate for a few years and my eating habits came up as a concern of mine. This was really due to being in high school and being 100 lbs. At first, the switch seemed like it really helped. I definitely had a higher apetite throughout the day and found myself eating lunch again. However, I think I liked the way my liver reacted to the medicine better. I noticed a change in my studying (i.e. I actually started to study), I found myself remembering things for quizes and tests better, and found myself generally excelling better in school. With my change in medication, I found myself go from the upper nineties to 115 lbs. That might not seem like a lot to some people, but for a kid whose weight wouldn’t go up at all, even as he was growing, that was a huge deal. Nonetheless, some background info: I am taking 1 Vyvanse 50mg capsules every morning, along with 1mg of Guanfacine once in am and pm, and I have a booster which is 20mg of Adderal, which I have for years now, called “the homework medicine.” I have been taking these medications to combat the affects of my ADD. Some may consider me child, others adult. I prefer college freshman. Also, before I end this, I noticed a dramatic change in my mood. I had, when I was on the methylphenidate, gone down a path of depression and thoughts of suicide. When I switched, I noticed that I wasn’t as badly off.
    Finally, there is something to be said for the “lunch lull.” I do not know if anyone else has experienced this, but when I was in high school, especially Junior year, I noticed that my morning classes kept my thoughts and brain heavily occupied. But when I got to lunch, there was nothing to keep my brain heavily occupied and thus I had deep, emotional, depressing, and negative thoughts. I have seen a change in that in college, but that is only because there is more work to do. I think there is some research to be done on this.

  24. I began taking medication for my ADD as a child (age 9) and started taking Vyvanse as a young adolescent (age 12). Prior to taking Vyvanse I took Focalin and it was fine at the lower doses, but when I had to move from pills to capsules it started bothering me. I have now been taking Vyvanse for almost 11 years and during that time I have also tried other medications but I kept coming back to Vyvanse because it works best for me. I have inattentive type ADD so I can’t say how it affects hyperactivity, but if it lessens hyperactivity like it increases focus then I would recommend it. I started at 30mg and now I am at 50mg. When I was younger the dosage would need to increase as I grew and/or my body and brain got used to the dosage prescribed to me at the time. 50mg still works for me currently but I may have to move up to the next dosage in the next few years. I took Vyvanse consistently through middle school and high school and for my first two years of college. During my junior year I had to try Welbutrin and Concerta because I was studying abroad in a country where any sort of amphetamines were illegal. They sort of worked and were better than nothing, the Concerta more than the Welbutrin, but as soon as I got back to the US I went back to Vyvanse right away and my productivity immediately increased. The only negative side effects I have had while on this medication were increased heart rate, dry mouth, and trouble falling asleep; none of these side effects were bad enough to make me want to try a different medication though. While I can do nothing but sing the praises of this medication, the effectiveness of medications varies from person to person and if you try this medication and don’t like it, I strongly suggest you try a different medication. For adults with ADD or ADHD, medication will always be a part of life and it’s very important that people take what works best for them and makes them most comfortable.

  25. I do use vyvanse 60 ml for ADHD. My review is only positive, it is so much better than the generic drug I was on. The main reason is it’s the same each time. I never knew that each time I recieved my generic medication it was always made with different fillers. That’s never good for me. Vyvanse keeps me at a more even level throughout the day.

  26. I’m 17 and taking 40 mg of vyvanse. I found that it helps with my anxiety which is odd cause i’ve heard that it can make anxiety worse, but my overall experience with it is mostly positive. It works great for my adhd, the only negative i found is the come down. Vyvanse usually lasts from about 8 am to around 5 or 6 which is great for school and getting my homework done but i’ve been experiencing a lot of irritability and anger which sucks but some days are worse than others so i have to talk with my doctor to see what can help with that. Also a side effect that i really noticed when starting was dry mouth, so if your starting bring water and mints with you everywhere you go!!

  27. After a long battle of trying to figure out what was going on with my brain I desperately reached out to a adhd specialist in a attempt to finally have some clarity in my life. It made sense after being properly treated. I was treated for bipolar disorder some years back with no relief and that was I can say the biggest hell I faced in my life. Anyway I was prescribed adderall the first go around but didn’t quite feel to good on it. I told my doctor I wasn’t looking for perfect because it doesnt exist but I want to somewhat feel a little bit better so he switched me to Vyvanse. What a difference it has made and I sometime shake my head at some of the behaviors that I was totally unaware being unmedicated. I startwd on 10 mg foe a month started to feel better, 20 mg mg for a month started to noticed and see a difference and I start my 30 mg tomorrow. I can’t believe how everything now makes sense to me. I was totally blind to my behaviors before medication. Although I knew I was a bit off I thought everyone else had the problem and it totally explains why I’m divorced. Anyway for anyone out there keep going there is light for you at the end of the tunnel. Find and work your strengths and don’t worry too much about the rest.

  28. When taken in the right dose with right combo of meds, helps my ADHD tons. Especially in terms of the chatter in my head. Im able to focus and be productive.

  29. I was diagnosed with ADHD since I was 8, and have been taking medication (mainly dexedrine since then). However, I recently made a switch to Vivance with I’ve been on since March, and I recently upped my dosage in May. . My main issue with dexedrine was that I had really bad anxiety. All the time.

    With this new medication I’m on, I have noticed that my anxiety is hardly existent, even during presentations.

    But, I have come to realize that my behaviour is completely different (on my normal dose and on my upped dose), one of the major things I have noticed is that I am low low low energy, I have troubles controlling my anger, and I cry a lot. A lot.

    To the point where these emotions have cut past my personal life into my professional life, and my university life.

    My work is lazy. And I know it sounds bad like I’m blaming my medication, but it honestly feels like my brain is working completely different. When I write essays now, my sentences are complex and hard to understand, because I tend to put words in the wrong place, etc.

    I have troubles with general communication.

    I am apathetic to everything, when before, I was a bit of a control freak to a degree.

    I overwhelm very easily.

    And very recently I have noticed some…mental issues more prominently such as bipolar, and seeing things that aren’t there (but to a very minuscule degree), depression

    Unable to socialize like I did before.

    These were changes that I really didn’t understand or see until now. So Vivanse is a no go for me , and I will be returning to dexedrine as soon as I can.

  30. I find vyvanse the best treatment i have been on so far ! I started on stratera and it had no effect. Im currently on 70mgs of vyvanse per day 50mg in the morning and 30mg around lunchtime. The only problom i have is that i seem to be becoming imune to the dose very fast. The 30mg was added after the 50 started to wear off very quickly and know the 70mg is wearing off very fast too. However it is still the best thing i have tried so far , it has helped my concentration , focus , even down to personal hygiene. Would recommend it 100%

  31. I am a 25 year old women who was diagnosed with ADHD (inattentive type) while in college. I also have anxiety, which is often considered to be my more problematic mental health struggle. For reference, I take sertraline for my anxiety. About a year ago, my psychiatrist prescribed me Vyvance at 20mg 1xday and it was LIFE CHANGING. This is the first ADHD medication I had ever been prescribed, so I can’t compare it to other medications. My appetite was fickle for the first month or so, but that subsided and isn’t a problem any longer. I used to have to snack or munch on something as a form of stimulation, and that has decreased, so that’s positive. Before I had any ADHD medication, I could only expect to do 1 to 3 productive things a day, and NEEDED a routine to get through the day. I really relied on my hyper-focus to get anything done! With 20 mg 1xday, it would wear off around 3, which was difficult because I was still at work. After about 3 months, my dosage was increased to 40 mg daily, so it wore off around 5-6pm. I take my medication at 7am daily. About an hour or two after I take the medication, I get a rush of anxiety and have to just work through it, as it always goes away after about an hour. Then in the rebound, I get another rush of anxiety for another hour. These medication-related anxiety influxes only started happening when my vyvnace was increased to 40 mg daily. It took me a long time to realize that this was a pattern, and was likely due to the medication. I tested it and took my vyvance medication 2 hours late one day and the same thing occurred, just 2 hours later then normal. Also couldn’t sleep that night…
    I am going to chat with my psychiatrist to see if there are any other medications for me, as this doesn’t appear to be the best medication for me. That being said, I feel like this medication could be REALLY beneficial for someone without anxiety, as that is the only side effect i had. Also, it REALLY helps my ADHD!

  32. I’ve read several reviews. None of the have addressed the high cost of Vyvanse. It is over $300 a month for us. This is a big problem, as we cannot afford it. How can we get it cheaper??

  33. I’ve been taking Vyvanse for about 5 or 6 years now. At first I was on 50mg and then 60mg but now I’m on 70mg for 4 of those years. I experienced the normal symptoms of dry mouth no appetite during lunch hours, and trouble sleeping. (I also have insomnia with my ADHD) so they prescribed a 60mg adhd pill that helps you focus on sleep. I did a 30 day free trial on a new med called maidais which worked well but it was like 300 dollars and insurance doesn’t cover it. But now that I’m back on Vyvanse I’m noticing that i still have the side effects but none of the benefits. Recomendations for a different med?

  34. Vyvanse helps me greatly with focus. I wears off by 3 pm if taken at 7am. It curbs the binge eating, but in the evening it returns. I started with 40mg. Then when upped to 60 mgs a day. After a month, I have noticed pain in my fingers tips, and sometimes numbness. I am getting checked for diabetes this week. I read that a rare side effect with vyvanse is circulation problems. If this is what is causing the finger pain I will probably have to change, which sucks because it works for me. I am also on cymbalta 30 mg for anxiety. I am able to work today because of cymbalta. I’m in my late 40s.

  35. I’ve been on vyvanse for 10 years, I’m 28. I’ve gone through a few periods of not taking it for a few months, but this stuff undoubtably has changed my life for the better. Life changing.

  36. My son was diagnosed w/ADHD (inattentative) about 4 months ago at age 11/5th grade. He had an AWESOME response to Vyvanse! Unfortunately it was not available in what seemed to be his “ideal” dose of 15mg. 10mg was helpful but not quite enough, 20 mg made him cry. I was so disappointed. We have now landed at 20mg of generic Adderall XR, which is also much cheaper. But if for some reason it doesn’t work out in the long run, I probably would go back to 10mg Vyvanse as a fallback. I think the expense is outrageous, I can’t imagine that they haven’t made their investment back yet, in spades!

  37. I have been medicated for ADHD for 26 years now (& no negative health effects either!). I have spent most of that on Dexamphetamine which is by far the most effective for me. I have been put through the paces with others and they were ineffective (especially Ritalin).

    I found I had side effects on the dexamphetamine if I had a dose higher than 25m per day, chewing my tongue, overly task oriented at the beginning and sleepy at lunch and driving home, and emotion on the comedown. I also suffered badly with insomnia when the medication wore off (and sometime took my medication closer to bed time, which helped significantly to reduce racing thoughts… seems counterintuitive but makes sense if you get adhd).

    I change to Vyvanse about a year ago and it is life changing. I was able to up my dose as the come on and come off side effects were significantly reduced and now my life is better than ever. It removed the emotional flooding issues I had a work (especially around lunch times), And my sleep is vastly improved, as I don’t get the horrible anxiety I used to get when the old medication wore off (though I’m not sure it’s just anxiety if the stuff you worry about actually happens – forgetting, emotional out burst, falling asleep at the wheel….).

    My partner was doing night shift for a month recently which meant I had to be on point with work, family and driving from 5am to 8pm which was longer than the daily dose lasted, so I had to take a top up at 4pm of a short acting amphetamine to last out the day… this worked well.

    I found that the appropriate dose of Vyvanse has removed any need for anxiety or other medications to address those other symptoms (which were in hindsight probably under treated ADHD).

    Notes: appetite – I have a theory that the appetite issue is related to attention… when I’m medicated I am able to pus the I want food/pain/feel sick/etc thoughts from my mind much more easily to focus on other activities. When I made the activity of eating a priority in optimal nutrition and health at set times in the day, my appetite issues were fairly much resolved. And within a few days I had no problems with eating a suitable amount at suitable times.
    Sleep – ADHD causes nearly all my sleep issues, vyvanse can wear off a bit early and then I don’t get enough of the effects before bed to get to sleep… a pysch can look at this to get a “filler” on this. Or I also find Melatonin can help set a healthy sleep routine/rhythm.
    Breaks – I Find taking medication breaks a joke! ADHD does not go away on the weekends or holidays and to treat it like that in my opinion diminishes the condition’s seriousness and ignores to enormous effect it has on self management and interpersonal relationships. Vyvanse is NOT good if taking breaks – the 2nd day after not taking it I always get a nasty headache and feel very lethargic. Plus the effects are so much more effective and positive if it is taken with consistency. You can get a really good understanding of how you best work on your medication. I would definitely recommend at least 6mths of consistent treatment before working with breaks (if you need them to fuel a creative endeavour or want to “cleanse” etc.). That way you have a clear understanding of being on & off benefits, and Are in a much better and educated position to make calls about when you want and don’t want to take it, and how to manage yourself and both circumstances.

    Can’t recommend this enough as a suitable medication – both I

  38. I had my daughter try Vyvanse when she was 10, after two weeks I threw the rest of the prescription out! She was an emotional wreck! Depressed and crying at school over everything. It made her an outcast she was such a mess! We switched to Adderall, not the best and we ended up switching off of that too, best thing for her was Concerta…..that was a total game changer! I realize that everyone is different, but Vyvanse was a nightmare! No medication was better than that! It was hard to even last the two week trial!

  39. Where do I even begin?
    So I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 9, I am now 18, and in my last year of high school and off to college next year. I’ve been on Vyvanse for a year and a half, and up until recently I had only good things to say, it kept me motivated and happy and worked AMAZING. I went from barely passing classes to now a high 80’s average student. And I owed it all to this drug. In December the day before Christmas break, I started to feel weird and out of the body so I went to the bathroom and looked at myself through the mirror and was horrified to see what I looked like, a student in the bathroom went to get me help and I had a seizure and shortly after passed out. The ambulance came and when I was hooked up to the heart monitor I was horrified to realize my heart rate was at 172 bpm. Please note that I have been on MANY ADHD medications throughout my life Vyvanse is the only one that has stuck. After this incident I have noticed I have all but a few side effects of Vyvanse. I have developed severe anxiety and I have little to no meat on my bones. I am a very loud and out-going person and it’s safe to say when I am on this drug has ruined my confidence. I haven’t been to school in a month because the anxiety is so bad and I feel like I am about to pass out when I am at school and my grades are suffering horribly. Today I have come to the conclusion and I will stop taking it (I have spoken to a doctor) and I’ll find another alternative because although the medication makes me the focus I can’t focus when I am worried about my body and If I am about to pass out.

    However, This is just me and I am different from everyone, I came up with a plan and a schedule, I wake up at 6 A.M and take my meds so that they have their 10-12 hours to wear off so I can sleep, PLEASE NOTE: it is vital that you take this medication early if you want a someone decent sleep at night. I am not gonna lie, the first 1 hour when it kicks in is the best time of my life I am so happy and so ready to start my day. But then it begins to wear off and I just get anxious and quiet. This medication was amazing for me but not anymore which is okay, if anyone has any questions please let me know I’ll be happy to help. (I am not a doctor nor am I saying I know better than, this is just my personal experience.

  40. Im 29. Have had ADHD since 8. Been on cylert, ritalin, adderall, maxed out on straterra, concerta. During early 20s after transitioning from peds to prime care. My treatment has been a yo-yo. I was on wellbutrin for while higher doses made me tremors, and stupor for words, referred to pysch who put me back on concerta then switched me to lamictal. My new pysch doc put me on vyvnase felt normal again world diff at starting dose, more focus, calmer productive, mood boosted. On 30 mg felt okay started noticing difficulty sleeping on 40 mg i have provlems sleeping, dry mouth worse. I feel like im physically tired, brian tired, but mind won’t let me sleep. If i could overcome that piece i love it otherwise! Suggestions???

  41. I am 35 years old and have recently been diagnosed with ADHD – Inattentive type.

    I was initially started on 30mg Vyvanse, and whilst I did not feel a difference, my husband noticed that my time management was much improved and I was consistently on time when going out (whereas previously, this would be a constant battle as I was ALWAYS late!). I didn’t notice an improvement in my attention and focus at work so I went back to the Dr.

    My Dr increased the dose to 50mg and it has been life changing! I am so productive at work and am able to complete the tasks I hate in a timely manner and can organise and plan so much better! I am able to do all the admin and mundane tasks that I previously avoided and put off and have managed to stay on top of things. This has increased my confidence and I am a MUCH happier mom and wife! My husband has also noticed an improvement in my ability to control my emotions, with fewer outbursts and I now feel much calmer and in control.

    I previously lost so much money purely due to procrastination (being late to claim funding for childcare and then being late at returning unwanted items etc, I can go on and on…) I don’t procrastinate anymore and can just “get on with it”.

    Side affects: Dry mouth – but this forces me to drink more water which I was previously notoriously bad at doing so actually a plus for me. Loss of appetite – however, I eat brekfast before taking it and force myself to eat lunch, but by dinner my appetite is back and I eat well, so this can be managed if you are diligent.

    Initially struggled to have “deep” sleep but this wore off after a week of being on it.

    Initially had headaches however this also wore off after a week or so.

    Everyone is different so it is important to find the right meds AND right dose that work for you.

  42. Hello all, I have just started my 14-year-old son on Vyvanse about a week ago. Every day I am getting called from school that he is having a stomach ache. I do give him breakfast and then he takes the medication because most of the articles recommend that. How long does it take for this to pass? I am worried that we have not given it enough time to work, but want to take the stomach aches seriously if he should not be experiencing them at this point.

  43. After 6 years or more of taking Ritalin for ADHD with some effect, I recently began taking Vyvanse 30 mg in the morning. Within two days I noticed a big difference. Before taking Vyvanse, my head was always filled with many trains of thought. After taking vyvanse, for the first time that I can remember, my head was quiet. Only one train of thought. It was like walking into a soundproof room and really experiencing a quiet moment. I am finally able to concentrate on one activity and finish it. I find that I can actually put things back where they belong without delay. I have not noticed any negative side effects. I just wish that I had a time machine so I could go back and give my younger self this medication while I was attending school. It would have made a great difference.

  44. I’ve been on Vyvanse for a few months now on 20mg. It really helps, I didn’t realize that I could have a clean room or a plan for my day before it. However, I can only take it twice a week because when I’m on it it’s very hard for me to eat. Overall, really enjoy it — I can’t swallow pills so this allows me to sprinkle it on my food which I appreciate. 8/10

  45. I will forever regret letting my daughter take Vyvanse. My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD in the 1st grade. However, she didn’t start taking Vyvanse until a year later. At first everything was great. She did well in school and her impulse control was handled. About 2 years after she started taking Vyvanse, she started complaining she was seeing things at night. We thought is was typical childhood fears. Then things got really bad. She was sure there were demons in her room. She was seeing things during the day and in a state of panic most of the time. It was scary and heartbreaking. I spoke to her pediatrician about it possibly being the meds and he thought perhaps she needed to see a psychiatrist. We went to a psychiatrist and nothing really changed. That’s when I switched doctors. I explained what was going on and said we need to try something different. The doctor switched meds to Concerta. Soon after we switched her meds my daughter’s hallucinations stopped and she became a happy, fun loving child again. I just pray this is behind us and we don’t have any long term consequences. Every child is different, so this was just our experience.

  46. Decided to go back on ADHD meds after returning to school. Concerta used to work but seemed to be losing effectiveness as I get older. Tried Vyvanse which is effective in helping my adult ADHD symptoms but only for 8 hours maximum. Unfortunately I experience crashes in the late afternoon, insomnia, and most distressing it is causing horrible bruxism (jaw clenching). I’m now dealing with migraines, nausea and unbearably tight neck muscles and have been spending a fortune in manual therapy sessions to help cope. Tried a lower dose but it’s made no difference. Can’t wait for it to be out of my system. Never had these problems with Concerta.

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